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New Year’s Eve in Tauranga

Ensuring your safety over summer is our priority. 

Tauranga City Council, NZ Police and other key organisations will continue to work together towards a safer environment for Tauranga’s residents and visitors on New Year’s Eve. Your summer holidays are one of the most exciting times of the year. Not only for you, but also for your friends and family. There will not be a public organised event at Mount Maunganui Main Beach again this year. Welcome 2019 with family-friendly community events in the city centre, Papamoa and Matua. Enjoy city-wide, midnight fireworks from your own backyard. 

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Family-friendly New Year’s Eve activities for Tauranga

Posted: 30 November 2018

On New Year’s Eve, Tauranga City Council, NZ Police and other key organisations will continue to work together towards a safer environment for Tauranga’s residents and visitors.

Why is council doing this?

Council will support one of the busiest nights in the city with coordinated, advanced planning and an enhanced city and emergency services response on the night itself.

Tauranga City Council has not hosted an organised public event at Mount Maunganui Main Beach since NYE 2016, and will continue with the same approach in 2018/19.

Council will carry on with the successfully implemented changes and will be working with NZ Police and other key organisations to enhance a safe environment for Tauranga’s residents and visitors.

  •  The New Year’s Eve event was the highest risk event in Tauranga. Issues of crowd control and safety arising from the 2015/16 New Year’s Eve event led to Tauranga City Council and NZ Police, in collaboration with other stakeholders, revisiting the activities on offer in the city to achieve a safer environment for our communities, in particular at Mount Maunganui Main Beach.
  • Tauranga City Council and NZ Police have invested a significant amount of time and effort investigating all the relevant information on the issues that occurred during the 2015/16 NYE event. NZ Police reported that there was an increase in the serious nature of sexual offending and serious assaults.
  • Council is working alongside NZ Police and other key organisations to put in place enhanced emergency service planning and proactive safety controls to work towards a safer place for our communities on New Year’s Eve.
  • Review of New Year’s Eve event at Mount Maunganui Main Beach:
    • Council, in collaboration with key stakeholders such as NZ Police and St John, has undergone a detailed review of the 2015/16 event structure. This included impact and risk assessments as well as independent reviews.
    • As a result, four alternative event options have been considered in order to achieve a safer environment for the community. These included: keeping the current format, changing the event to a family festival, more than one event in the city, ticketed events and changes to the site layout.
    • Further investigation of these options made it clear that in order to manage the risks associated with an event on New Year’s Eve, cost of implementing a safe event would increase significantly.
    • The option to not offer an organised event on New Year’s Eve proved to be the most sustainable option for New Year’s Eve in Tauranga.
  • How New Year’s Eve in Tauranga will look in the future is yet to be determined; all strategic decisions will be based on building a safe environment for our visitors and residents on what is traditionally, a very busy night in our city. This will be assessed and determined over time, however, the new approach was successfully implemented and will be carried on this year.
  • Mount Maunganui Main Beach has a legacy for being the place to go for New Year’s Eve. Council is therefore mandated by our communities to put all possible measures in place to protect people and environment.
  • There remains a need for safe New Year’s Eve celebrations that can be enjoyed by families and friends and these are the first steps towards that direction.

Last Reviewed: 30/11/2018

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